Cisnero is one of several options to close out games for the Tigers to begin the season, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
New Detroit manager A.J. Hinch doesn't have an established closer, so it'll be worth watching how the bullpen shakes out in spring training. Lefty Gregory Soto and righty Bryan Garcia are probably the frontrunners to close, but Cisnero will be in the mix after posting a solid 3.03 ERA and 1.11 WHIP across 29.2 innings in 2020. He's never earned a save at the MLB level, however.
Cisnero and the Tigers reached a one-year, $970,000 deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Cisnero was able to settle on a deal with the Tigers prior to Friday's deadline, so the two sides won't require an arbiter. The right-hander made 29 relief appearances in 2020, posting a career-best 3.03 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 34 strikeouts over 29.2 innings.
Cisnero (3-3) retired both of the batters he faced and picked up the win Saturday against Cleveland.
Cisnero retired the final two batters in the top of the eighth inning, and the Tigers scored four times in the bottom of the frame to make the righty the pitcher of record. Cisnero has been solid for Detroit this season with a 3.38 ERA, three wins and 30 strikeouts across 26.2 innings.
Cisnero (2-3) allowed a two-run homer along with one punchout in 1.1 innings as he was dealt the loss against the White Sox on Friday.
Cisnero relieved Casey Mize with a man on first and one out in the sixth inning and immediately wound up in a jam after nailing Tim Anderson with a fastball. Three pitches later, Eloy Jimenez was rounding the bases after Cisnero served him a high fastball that was taken yard to put the White Sox up 4-3. The right-hander is in quite the rut, as he has allowed seven runs over his last four innings, and he could be demoted to a lower-leverage role in the near future.
Cisnero (2-2) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts to earn the win in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
Cisnero came on for the last out of the fifth and then pitched the sixth, while Bryan Garcia pitched the seventh for the save after the Tigers staged a late rally. Nobody has really taken the closer role and run with it in Detroit, so for now, Cisnero, Garcia and Gregory Soto will likely continue to share save opportunities.
Cisnero (1-2) allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk to blow the save and take the loss Saturday against the Twins,
Cisnero started the ninth inning by allowing a walk and a single, putting himself in trouble right away. A Miguel Sano single with one out tied the game at 3-3. Cisnero retired the next batter, but then Byron Buxton hustled out an infield single to bring home the winning run and saddle Cisnero with his first blown save of the season. The 31-year-old still has a solid 2.21 ERA, so he should continue to see some save opportunities, but the Tigers may also turn to Gregory Soto and Buck Farmer depending on matchups, making the Detroit closer situation murky at the moment.
Cisnero could be in the mix for saves after Joe Jimenez lost his grip on the closer's role, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
The Tigers don't plan on replacing Jimenez with another traditional closer, as Cisnero, Gregory Soto and Buck Farmer are expected to fill the role depending on matchups. Cisnero has been lights out in 2020, with a 1.62 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 18:5 K:BB through 16.2 innings.
Cisnero tossed two-thirds of an inning Sunday, allowing no runs on no hits and no walks while striking out one as he earned the save against Cleveland.
Joe Jimenez came on in the ninth inning to see if he could turn things around in a non-save situation. However, he was hit hard once again as he allowed three runs while recording only one out. Cisnero was much more effective as he recorded the final two outs of the game to earn his first career save. The right-hander has been dominant this season with a 1.76 ERA and 16:5 K:BB over 15.1 innings. Although Jimenez may be losing his hold on the closer role, Buck Farmer could be the first in line to pick up saves on a more regular basis if Jimenez is relieved of ninth-inning duties.
Cisnero (1-0) allowed no runs on one hit and no walks while striking out one over one inning as he earned the win Sunday against the Reds.
After giving up one run during his one-inning appearance Opening Day, Cisnero was sharp in the eighth inning of Sunday's 1-1 contest and earned the win after the Tigers were able to take the lead in the following half-inning. Despite the 31-year-old's rare win against the Reds, his fantasy value is limited as a late reliever who is unlikely to see many ninth-inning opportunities.
Cisnero looked sharp in an intrasquad game Saturday and should be able to secure a bullpen spot with a decent showing the rest of summer camp, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Cisnero was thought to have a pretty firm grip on a bullpen spot heading into spring training earlier this year, but he struggled before play was suspended. He looked good Saturday, however, striking out three of the six batters he faced, and he should be able to solidify his spot with a few more strong showings. Cisnero tallied a 4.33 ERA and 40 strikeouts across 35.1 innings for the Tigers last season.
Cisnero allowed 11 runs (eight earned) across four Grapefruit League innings before MLB suspended spring training.
Cisnero entered the spring being talked about as a candidate to pitch in the seventh inning as a bridge to Buck Farmer and Joe Jimenez. That could still happen, but it wasn't an encouraging camp for the 30-year-old. Cisnero will have to pitch well to hold onto a significant role.
Cisnero is a candidate to pitch in the seventh inning this year, setting up Buck Farmer and closer Joe Jimenez, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire likes to have established roles in his bullpen, and at the moment, only Farmer and Jimenez seem set. Cisnero posted a mediocre 4.33 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 35.1 innings with the Tigers last year, though he managed an impressive 40 strikeouts as well. The 30-year-old throws hard and doesn't have a ton of competition in Detroit, so he could secure a middle-relief role with a strong spring.
Cisnero (0-1) pitched two-thirds of an inning Friday, allowing a walkoff single to Mallex Smith in a 3-2 loss to the Mariners.
Overall, Cisnero allowed two hits and a walk in the appearance. The right-hander owns a 3.38 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with 12 strikeouts in 13.1 innings across 11 appearances this season. Cisnero will likely remain in low-leverage roles given his inability to consistently deliver clean outings.
Cisnero pitched 1.2 perfect innings in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the Phillies. He struck out three.
Cisnero was recalled from Triple-A Toledo earlier in the day and he looked good in his first MLB action since July 15. The 30-year-old righty now has a 2.84 ERA through 12.2 innings with the Tigers this season, and with Detroit badly in need of pitching help, Cisnero could carve out a role down the stretch if he keeps playing well.
Cisnero was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday.
Cisnero has thrown 11 innings for the Tigers this season, recording a 3.27 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Victor Alcantara (finger) landed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Cisnero pitched a scoreless inning Monday against Cleveland but was optioned to Triple-A Toledo following the game, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Cisnero owns a 3.27 ERA with nine strikeouts over 11 innings this season out of the bullpen, but he'll head back down to the minors following Monday's contest. Ryan Carpenter will be recalled to start Tuesday's game in a corresponding move.
Cisnero was called up from Triple-A Toledo on Saturday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Cisnero has 48.1 big-league innings under his belt, though none have come since 2014. He owns a 2.95 ERA in 36.2 innings for Toledo this season. Carlos Torres was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
Cisnero was reassigned to minor-league camp Saturday.
Cisnero hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2014, so it's little surprise to see him fail to win a job despite a 1.86 spring ERA. He'll head to Triple-A and wait for his chance at a roster spot.
Cisnero signed a minor-league contract with Detroit on Friday that includes an invite to spring training.
Cisnero has spent the last few years outside Major League Baseball, including a stint in the Dominican Winter League with Leones del Escogido this past season. The 29-year-old right-hander has pitched in 33 big-league games, with a majority of those outings coming with Houston in 2013. He will battle for a spot in the Tigers' bullpen during spring training.
The Reds signed infielder Ivan De Jesus and pitcher Jose Cisnero to minor league deals.
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|09/25||@ KC||L 2-3||1.0||0||0||1||1|
|09/22||@ MIN||L 4-5||1.0||1||0||0||2|
|09/19||vs CLE||W 5-2||1||0.2||0||0||0||0|
|09/18||vs CLE||L 0-1||1.0||0||0||1||1|
|09/15||vs KC||W 6-0||1.1||1||0||1||3|
|09/11||@ CHW||L 3-4||1||1.1||1||2||0||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2012||AAA-Oklahoma City Redhaw||39.2||8||8||0||4||1||0||32||18||52||4.59||1.786|
|2012||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||108.2||20||20||2||9||6||0||116||46||93||3.41||1.285|
|2013||AAA-Oklahoma City Redhaw||17.2||12||1||0||1||1||0||24||13||25||8.89||2.209|
|2014||AAA-Oklahoma City Redhaw||11.0||6||0||0||0||0||0||18||4||5||2.45||0.818|
|2015||AA-Pensacola Blue Wahoo||5.1||4||0||0||0||0||0||6||4||2||3.53||1.176|
|2016||AAA-Sultanes de Monterre||12.0||13||0||0||0||0||1||16||6||13||5.25||1.583|
|2019||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||40.0||32||2||0||1||2||7||49||21||36||2.70||1.425|